If you experience five or more of these symptoms every day for at least two weeks and they are interfering with routine daily activities such as work, self-care, child care, or your social life, you should seek an evaluation for depression.
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts
- Restlessness or irritability
This information is based on materials of the National Mental Health Institute. To read more about the connection between diabetes and depression, visit www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-and-diabetes/index.shtml.